variorum

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noun

var·​i·​o·​rum ˌver-ē-ˈȯr-əm How to pronounce variorum (audio)
1
: an edition or text with notes by different persons
2
: an edition containing variant readings of the text

variorum

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adjective

: relating to or being a variorum
a variorum edition
also : variant
variorum readings

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

borrowed from Latin variōrum "of various persons," (genitive plural masculine of varius various entry 1) in the New Latin phrase cum notīs variōrum "with the notes of various persons"

First Known Use

Noun

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

circa 1763, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of variorum was in 1728

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Cite this Entry

“Variorum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/variorum. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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